Celtics lose to Clippers D squad as Boston puts up worst shooting performance of NBA season
Well this was a unique loss. The Celtics couldn't throw the ball in the ocean in the 4th quarter and the Clippers minus all their two stars and most of their rotation defeated the Celtics 92 to 81 at the TD Garden on Wednesday night.
The Celtics effective field goal percentage tonight of 36.63 was the worst shooting performance by any team in the NBA this season according to ESPN Stats.
Also from @ESPNStatsInfo, per Second Spectrum's tracking data: Boston's effective field goal % tonight (36.63) was 19.95 percent below it's expected EFG % (56.58). That is the worst showing by any team in the NBA this season.
Former Celtics forward Marcus Morris, who didn't even shoot well himself, led the Clippers with 23 points in their win. Jaylen Brown led all scorers with 30 points, but it took him 36 field attempts to get there (13 of 36, including 1 of 13 on 3PA). Jaylen also had 8 rebounds and 2 steals, but had 0 assists. 36 shot attempts and 0 assists is never a good look, but at least tonight Jaylen can use the excuse that it's hard to get an assist if everyone keeps missing. Maybe try a drive and alley-oop to Time Lord?
Robert Williams was the only Celtic to shoot over 50% and finished with 16 points and 14 boards, but somehow had a +/- of -20. Grant Williams shot only 2 of 6, but both of those makes were 3's and he also had 5 rebounds in his 21 minutes of play. He probably should have played a few more minutes.
"We got a lot of great shots...they didn't go down. But also the little stuff we didn't execute, we have to take advantage of 3-on-2s and 2-on-1s. We lost, again." - Jaylen Brown
The Celtics played without two starters, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart, as well as Dennis Schroder and Aaron Nesmith, but with Jaylen, Time Lord, Horford, Josh Richardson, Grant, Payton, and Romeo that still should have been enough. While the C's at least had Jaylen, the Clippers were without both of their star wings Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Reggie Jackson, Nicolas Batum, and even the Celtics killer from the last time they upset us, Brandon Boston Jr, were all out as well.
The Celtics record now stands at 16-19. Boston will host the Phoenix Suns Friday afternoon next.